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Chapter 16: Inquire of the Inmost

So Meera is so charged with love that she just doesn’t see the poison at all. Please remember one thing: what you see simply reflects your state of being. To Meera, the whole of creation seems to be full of nectar; she sees Krishna in everything. She must have seen Krishna in the poison too, and drunk of it fully. She must have found the flavor of Krishna in that too. Being in such an inner state the poison cannot have any effect. It will be ineffectual, it will not reach Meera.

And if no blister appears on the hand when an ember is placed on it, then the matter can be settled scientifically. Prahlad, too, can remain unburned by the fire. It is a question of your inner state. God saving Prahlad is just a tale, it is not scientific. If some God were to go around saving someone here from being burned, and someone there from being poisoned, protecting someone here, consoling someone there, it would become an unmanageable maze for him. There is no God doing all this; it is the inner state of Prahlad. He is full of trust that he won’t be burned, that God will save him. God saving him is not the issue. But remember one thing: if you have the idea that there is no God who can save you, your trust cannot be total. Prahlad has a total trust that there is a God, and that God will save him. He has put himself completely in the hands of God, come what may, and in such a state the fire cannot touch him.

You must have heard of those people who do fire dancing; they walk on fires and emerge intact, without burning their feet. There is nothing miraculous about it. Yes, the miracle is the power that their minds have over their bodies. One can escape the fire, but if you have even the slightest doubt, you will get burned.

That is why it is difficult to find someone like Prahlad nowadays. Those days are gone when people had so much trust that there wasn’t even an iota of doubt. There used to be so much simplicity, so much innocence. Today, even a small child will raise questions and say, “No, this is not possible.” Today, even a small child is no longer a child. In the past, even an old man was just like a child. Life was very simple; people lived close to nature. Civilization was not so much advanced, there was no formal education, so naturally there was not much skepticism either. The more educated the personality is, the more skeptical it becomes - because with education, questions arise. And they should arise, otherwise education cannot make any progress.

Put it this way: if scientific knowledge continues expanding in the world, then doubt will also keep on growing, because without doubt, science cannot make any headway. Science thrives on questions. Only if you ask will you get the answers. You search, but in that search doubt is essential, curiosity is essential, but trust is not needed.

Religion lives on trust, just as science thrives on doubt. If there is a predominance of religion in the world, it is difficult for science to thrive, very difficult, because the two are based on very different fundamentals. But if your trust is total and you have no doubt inside, then there is no law in this world that your trust cannot vanquish. And there is nothing in this world that your trust cannot make possible. But your trust must be total - even the smallest hole in it will sink the boat.

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